Summary: A very weathered engraving of a whale and its calf, on the headland at La Perouse.

Is this the remains of a whale carving and its calf, that was once clearly visible on the rocks at the southern end of Frenchmans Bay? Described as a “fine carving of a whale” the engraving is 38 feet long, and in the middle of the whale is the calf. The engraving was first documented by W.D. Campbell in 1981, when the local Aboriginal people informed him that this was a “bora” whale

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A large fish, and what may be a tomahawk were recorded nearby, but these engravings are very faded.

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La Perouse Whale - Site Summary

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